DMR Architecture Partners with Boys and Girls Club to Build a Better Future

The folks at DMR Architecture ( arranged a very special trip to Charlotte’s EpiCentre to help the youngsters at The Boulevard Home Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club to explore the mysteries of architecture. Architects from the firm, which designed the EpiCentre, have been meeting with the kids to discuss what an architect does, who makes up a design team and how buildings are designed. Then they took the children on a VIP tour of the EpiCentre and the underground parking explaining how it was built. The tour was followed by bowling and pizza sponsored by Strike City.

“The children were very curious about the details of the EpiCentre architecture and their questions were fascinating,” says Kristen LeCrone, director of marketing for DMR Architecture. “They wanted to know how many windows there are and how much concrete it took to build the structure. They were interested in everything about it.”

DMR Architecture got involved with the Boys and Girls Club as a result of their community outreach program “Doughnut Fridays.” DMR partners with The Salvation Army to deliver doughnuts one Friday each month to one of their communities. One of those Friday deliveries was to the Boulevard Home Boys and Girls Club. DMR team members quickly realized they wanted to bring more to the kids than doughnuts and began working with them to spark their interest in architecture.

“It would be wonderful if this experience inspired the children to stay in school and pursue professions such as architecture,” says Eric deNeve, managing partner for DMR Architecture.

Continuing their work with the Boulevard Home Club, DMR is going to stage a design competition for the children. They will work in teams to design and prepare a final presentation of a predetermined building type.

About The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte
Serving Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Union Counties since 1904, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte is prepared to meet the needs of the community with 15 centers of service and five Thrift Stores with services ranging from emergency assistance, sheltering, eight Boys & Girls Clubs, adult rehabilitation and disaster relief.

About DMR Architecture
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., DMR Architecture is a firm comprised of creative and LEED accredited professionals with extensive experience in a wide range of projects including corporate facilities, assisted living, mixed-use developments, retail centers and renovations of all kinds and uses. For more information, visit or call 704-372-0116.

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